Step 1: Materials and Tools
-Leather- I usually use 8 to 10 oz. full grain vegetable tanned leather for my belts. ( tandyleatherfactory.com ) You can also buy pre-cut belt blanks if you don't want to buy a whole side of leather. If you are going to make a ton of belts buy a side. If only one, buy a blank.
-Buckle (This one is 1 1/4" solid brass, nickel plated garrison buckle from buckleguy.com )
-Thread (optional for embellishments )
-Edge paint ( also optional. If you buff edge really good you can just dye it )
Tools (from left to right)
-knife- snap off utility knifes are great
-3/16" hole punch
-Stitching groover (not totally necessary but cool for putting decorative or stitching grooves in)
-Edge beveler ( You can just sand the edge if your a cheapskate )
-Wing divider ( you can skip this too if your just doing a bit of leather work. Used to mark the tongue holes)
-Scratch awl ( Use whatever pointy thing to mark stuff on leather )
-gloves ( for dyeing )
Step 2: Cut Belt Blank
Then measure the inside width of your buckle. They usually come in 1/4" increments. Mine here is 1 1/4" Don't make it to snug or your belt will squeak and be difficult to buckle.
Cut to width with your straight edge or if you have a strap cutter use that (they're pretty sweet to use)
Figure out what side of your blank has the tightest grain, it will be denser. This is your butt end and should be the side you use for the belt tip. Cut the tip in the style you want. Mine here is an english point. I have a punch for my wider belts but since this is a woman's belt it's a little narrower.
Step 3: Mark Holes and Cut to Length
Most belts have five holes to buckle your... well... buckle. They are about 3/4" apart with 2 to 3 inches to tip of last hole.
The middle hole is your target hole for length. If you have a belt that fits well, use it to get the length. If not measure your waist than measure from middle hole to about 3/4 past center of buckle slot. (where the 5 is on 2nd pic)
Mark out your holes for the slot and for the rivets and punch 'em out.
Step 4: Add Your Logo
with a hammer.
Step 5: Dye Man, Dyeeee!
I used a black dye on the backside.
Step 6: Bevel and Sand Edges
You can also buff it at this point with a piece of canvas or duck cloth. Wet it first then rub the edge super fast with canvas. You're fingers will get hot but that's good. The friction and heat seals the grain of the leather and will give you a smoother edge. ( I skipped this on this particular belt, Lazy )
Sand it round if you please.
Step 7: Embellish
Step 8: Finish Edge
Step 9: Rivet Buckle
Step 10: Fin.